Android Send SMS and Make a phone call in Android Application

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This sample android program shows you how to use Telephony in Android. This program demonstrates how to send SMS from your Android application. This program also shows you how to make a phone call from your Android application or Dial a number using Intent. This tutorial therefore has four different java source files.

The main file Telephony1.java file is as follows:

package com.javasamples.Telephony1;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.net.Uri;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.Button;

/**
 * Explore telephony related functionality and APIs in Android.
 * 
 * @author charliecollins
 * 
 */
public class Telephony1 extends Activity {

//You could change this number to your own number.
//This number will be used to DIAL in the dial example.

    public static final String NUMBER = "555-123-1234";

    private Button dialintent;
    private Button callintent;
    private Button gotoSmsExample;
    private Button gotoPnUtilsExample;

    @Override
    public void onCreate(final Bundle icicle) {
        super.onCreate(icicle);
        this.setContentView(R.layout.main);

        this.gotoSmsExample = (Button) findViewById(R.id.gotosms_button);
        this.gotoSmsExample.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {

            public void onClick(final View v) {
                Intent intent = new Intent(Telephony1.this, SmsExample.class);
                startActivity(intent);
            }
        });

        this.gotoPnUtilsExample = (Button) findViewById(R.id.gotopnutils_button);
        this.gotoPnUtilsExample.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {

            public void onClick(final View v) {
                Intent intent = new Intent(Telephony1.this, PhoneNumberUtilsExample.class);
                startActivity(intent);
            }
        });

        this.dialintent = (Button) findViewById(R.id.dialintent_button);
        this.dialintent.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {

            public void onClick(final View v) {
                Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_DIAL, Uri.parse("tel:" + Telephony1.NUMBER));
                startActivity(intent);
            }
        });

        this.callintent = (Button) findViewById(R.id.callintent_button);
        this.callintent.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {

            public void onClick(final View v) {
                Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_CALL, Uri.parse("tel:" + Telephony1.NUMBER));
                startActivity(intent);
             //   Intent intent1 = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_CALL, Uri.parse("tel:" + "1234"));
               // startActivity(intent1);
            }
        });
    }

    @Override
    public void onStart() {
        super.onStart();
    }

    @Override
    public void onPause() {
        super.onPause();
    }
}


The code to Send SMS is in this file SmsExample.java :

package com.javasamples.SmsExample;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.app.PendingIntent;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.telephony.PhoneNumberUtils;
import android.telephony.SmsManager;
import android.util.Log;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.Toast;


public class SmsExample extends Activity {

    private EditText smsInputText;
    private EditText smsInputDest;
    private Button smsSend;
	private SmsManager smsManager;

    @Override
    public void onCreate(final Bundle icicle) {
        Log.d(Constants.LOGTAG, "SmsExample onCreate");

        super.onCreate(icicle);
        this.setContentView(R.layout.smsexample);

        this.smsInputDest = (EditText) findViewById(R.id.smsinputdest);
        this.smsInputText = (EditText) findViewById(R.id.smsinputtext);
        this.smsSend = (Button) findViewById(R.id.smssend_button);

        this.smsManager = SmsManager.getDefault();

        // pending intent request code NOT USED
        final PendingIntent sentIntent = PendingIntent.getActivity(this, 0, new Intent(this, SmsExample.class), 0);

        this.smsSend.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {

            public void onClick(final View v) {
                Log.d(Constants.LOGTAG, "SmsExample sending SMS message via manager");

                String dest = smsInputDest.getText().toString();
                if (PhoneNumberUtils.isWellFormedSmsAddress(dest)) {

                    // dest, serviceCenter (null for default), message,
                    // sentIntent, deliveryIntent
                    //
                    // Set the second parameter to null. The scAddress relates
                    // to the address of the server on the cellular network that will handle
                    // the message, it is not the address of the sender.
                    smsManager.sendTextMessage(smsInputDest.getText().toString(), null, smsInputText.getText()
                        .toString(), sentIntent, null);

                    Toast.makeText(SmsExample.this, "SMS message sent", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

                } else {
                    Toast.makeText(SmsExample.this, "SMS destination invalid - try again", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
                }
            }
        });
    }

    @Override
    public void onStart() {
        super.onStart();
    }

    @Override
    public void onPause() {
        super.onPause();
    }
}


The code to handle some of the phone number formatting examples are in this file PhoneNumberUtilsExample.java :

package com.javasamples.PhoneNumberUtilsExample;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.telephony.PhoneNumberUtils;
import android.util.Log;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.view.View.OnFocusChangeListener;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class PhoneNumberUtilsExample extends Activity {

    private TextView pnOutput;
    private EditText pnInput;
    private EditText pnInPlaceInput;
    private Button pnFormat;

    @Override
    public void onCreate(final Bundle icicle) {
        Log.d(Constants.LOGTAG, "PhoneNumberUtilsExample onCreate");

        super.onCreate(icicle);
        this.setContentView(R.layout.phonenumberutilsexample);

        this.pnOutput = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.pnoutput);
        this.pnInput = (EditText) findViewById(R.id.pninput);
        this.pnInPlaceInput = (EditText) findViewById(R.id.pninplaceinput);
        this.pnFormat = (Button) findViewById(R.id.pnformat);

        this.pnFormat.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {

            public void onClick(final View v) {
                Log.d(Constants.LOGTAG, "PhoneNumberUtilsExample format TextView input - "
                    + pnInput.getText().toString());

                // format as a phone number FIRST
                String phoneNumber = PhoneNumberUtils.formatNumber(pnInput.getText().toString());
                // then convert phone number keypad alpha to numeric
                phoneNumber = PhoneNumberUtils.convertKeypadLettersToDigits(pnInput.getText().toString());

                StringBuilder result = new StringBuilder();
                result.append(phoneNumber);
                result.append("\nisGlobal - " + PhoneNumberUtils.isGlobalPhoneNumber(phoneNumber));
                result.append("\nisEmergency - " + PhoneNumberUtils.isEmergencyNumber(phoneNumber));

                pnOutput.setText(result.toString());

                pnInput.setText("");
            }
        });

        this.pnInPlaceInput.setOnFocusChangeListener(new OnFocusChangeListener() {

            public void onFocusChange(final View v, final boolean b) {
                if (v.equals(pnInPlaceInput) && (b == false)) {
                    Log.d(Constants.LOGTAG, "PhoneNumberUtilsExample formatInPlace TextView input - "
                        + pnInPlaceInput.getText().toString());
                    PhoneNumberUtils.formatNumber(pnInPlaceInput.getText(), PhoneNumberUtils.FORMAT_NANP);
                }
            }
        });
    }

    @Override
    public void onStart() {
        super.onStart();
    }

    @Override
    public void onPause() {
        super.onPause();
    }
}


This is just a file to store some constants values

package com.sqlstar;

public class Constants {

    public static final String LOGTAG = "TelephonyExplorer";
}

For the resources you will have three different layouts and hence three xmls.

The main.xml file in your res/layout/ folder will be as follows

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ScrollView xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content">

<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:gravity="center_horizontal" android:padding="10px" android.setVerticalScrollBarEnabled="true" android:background="#000000">

<TextView android:id="@+id/intro_label_main" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="15px" android:layout_marginTop="15px" android:textStyle="bold" android:text="TelephonyExplorer" />

<Button android:id="@+id/gotopnutils_button" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_below="@id/intro_label_main" android:layout_marginLeft="5px" android:layout_marginBottom="10px" android:text="PhoneNumberUtils Example" /> <Button android:id="@+id/gotosms_button" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_below="@id/gotopnutils_button" android:layout_marginLeft="5px" android:layout_marginBottom="10px" android:text="SMS Example" />

<Button android:id="@+id/dialintent_button" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_below="@id/gotosms_button" android:layout_marginLeft="5px" android:layout_marginBottom="5px" android:text="Dial via Intent" />

<Button android:id="@+id/callintent_button" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_below="@id/dialintent_button" android:layout_marginLeft="5px" android:layout_marginBottom="20px" android:text="Call via Intent" />

</RelativeLayout>
</ScrollView>

The smsexample.xml file in your res/layout/ folder will be as follows

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ScrollView xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content">

<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:gravity="center_horizontal" android:padding="10px" android.setVerticalScrollBarEnabled="true" android:background="#000000">

<TextView android:id="@+id/intro_label_sms" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="15px" android:textStyle="bold" android:text="SMS Example" />

<TextView android:id="@+id/label_smsinputdest" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="5px" android:layout_below="@id/intro_label_sms" android:text="Enter destination number:" /> <EditText android:id="@+id/smsinputdest" android:layout_width="150dip" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="5px" android:layout_below="@id/label_smsinputdest" android:text="" />

<TextView android:id="@+id/label_smsinputtext" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="5px" android:layout_below="@id/smsinputdest" android:text="Enter text to send:" /> <EditText android:id="@+id/smsinputtext" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="5px" android:layout_below="@id/label_smsinputtext" android:text="" />

<Button android:id="@+id/smssend_button" android:layout_width="150dip" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_below="@id/smsinputtext" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="10px" android:text="Send SMS" />

</RelativeLayout>
</ScrollView>

The phonenumberutilsexample.xml file in your res/layout/ folder will be as follows

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:gravity="center_horizontal" android:padding="10px" android.setVerticalScrollBarEnabled="true" android:background="#000000">

<TextView android:id="@+id/intro_label_pn" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="15px" android:textStyle="bold" android:text="PhoneNumberUtils Example" /> <TextView android:id="@+id/label_pninput" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="5px" android:layout_below="@id/intro_label_pn" android:text="Input string to format:" /> <EditText android:id="@+id/pninput" android:layout_width="250dip" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="20px" android:layout_below="@id/label_pninput" android:text="" />

<Button android:id="@+id/pnformat" android:layout_width="150dip" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_below="@id/pninput" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="10px" android:text="Format" />

<TextView android:id="@+id/label_pnoutput" android:layout_width="150dip" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="5px" android:layout_below="@id/pnformat" android:text="Formatting Results:" /> <TextView android:id="@+id/pnoutput" android:layout_width="150dip" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="25px" android:layout_below="@id/label_pnoutput" android:text="" />

<TextView android:id="@+id/label_pninplaceinput" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="5px" android:layout_below="@id/pnoutput" android:text="Edit in place phone number:" /> <EditText android:id="@+id/pninplaceinput" android:layout_width="250dip" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="5px" android:layout_below="@id/label_pninplaceinput" android:text="" />

<EditText android:id="@+id/pnnextfocus" android:layout_width="250dip" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="10px" android:layout_marginBottom="20px" android:layout_below="@id/pninplaceinput" android:text="Change focus to here to format previous field" />

</RelativeLayout>

Very importantly, you should add appropriate permissions in your AndroidManifest.xml file as below. Otherwise when you run the application you will get permission denied errors.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" package="com.sqlstar">

   <application android:icon="@drawable/icon">

   <activity android:name=".Telephony1" android:label="@string/app_name">

   <intent-filter>

   <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

   <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

   </intent-filter>

   </activity> 

 <activity android:name=".PhoneNumberUtilsExample" android:label="@string/app_name" />
   <activity android:name=".SmsExample" android:label="@string/app_name" />

 </application> 

 <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CALL_PHONE" />
   <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.MODIFY_PHONE_STATE" />

   <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE" />

   <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.PROCESS_OUTGOING_CALLS" />

   <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.RECEIVE_SMS" />

   <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_SMS" />

   <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_SMS" />

   <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.SEND_SMS" />

  </manifest>

The output of this program will be as shown in the android emulator below.



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